Briefing Notes

Budget 2018 – Housing Summary Report

The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) has responded to this year’s housing budget saying it demonstrates government investment in social housing. However, the ICSH is concerned that diverting significant funds to supporting the private rental sector represents bad value for money. Social housing is an essential public service, and new spending should be used to rebuild the country’s depleted social housing stock. You can read the press release here 

Agreement between ICSH, Irish Banking Federation and Government Bodies

From previous discussions between the ICSH, Government Departments and the Banking federation it has been agreed to have a process where any difficulties that housing associations encounter with leasing initiatives and through using private finance will be identified and resolved. To underpin this ‘principles of engagement’ between the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Department of Finance, the Irish Banking Federation, the County and City Managers Association and the Irish Council for Social Housing have now been agreed.

Management Agreement

A model management agreement was signed at the Inclusion Ireland conference at the end of March 2009 between Monaghan County Council, the Health Service Executive and Monaghan Branch of Parents and Friends of People with an Intellectual Disability and Monaghan Housing Associaiton.

The partnering agreement is available to housing associations throughout the country to adapt and adopt for their own use, taking account of individual circumstances, capactiy and background.

Homelessness Statistics

Gathering accurate data on homelessness can be problematic. This can be due to a lack of integration between homeless service providers and local authorities on persons accommodated and the sometimes transitory nature of accommodation provided to homeless people where it is not always possible to get full length forms completed by people in crisis.

The following is a guide to the ways in which information on homelessness is gathered and the challenges it presents.

Homelessness Statistics

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